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Monkey Business and More

2 Aug

Fellow Quilters,

How is your summer going?  For many in my area, this is the first summer in 3 years that we are allowed to gather in groups larger than 5.  Hubs and I have 2 events this weekend that involve larger groups, however they are likely going to be outdoors where we can enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been having.  Our summer is too short to be indoors.

Do you have a Summer To Do list?  In addition to working on my golf game, my list also includes repainting some window frames, designing some new quilt projects, and writing 4 patterns for Color Play, my new fabric collection for Northcott, shipping to stores in a few short weeks.

Color Play patterns available late Summer

Color Play patterns available late Summer

I am super-excited about this collection because it is a “learn to free-motion quilt” collection, and I’ll also be working on some YouTube how-to-videos using the various motifs in the collection.  If learning to free-motion quilt (or practicing free-motion quilting) is on your bucket list, be sure to check out my YouTube channel and your local shop for the videos and fabric.

Color Play is a learn-to-machine-quilt fabric collection available in August

Color Play is a learn-to-machine-quilt fabric collection available in August

QBM August JungleSo today is another great round of blocks in the monthly Quilt Block Mania blog tour, and the theme this month is Jungle.  My first three block ideas – snakes, leaves, tropical flowers – were already taken by other designers.  You can find them in the links here:

Hippo Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Emerald Tree Boa from Inflorescence
Tiger at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Snakes, Slugs and Snails at Scrapdash
Stacked jungle animals by Appliques Quilts and More
Palm Leaf by QuiltFabrication
Margaritaville by Inquiring Quilter
Chameleon Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Monkey Business at Patti’s Patckwork
Tropical Bloom
Jungle Vines
Toucan Quilt Block by Purple Daisies Quilting
Teal Gorilla by Blue Bear Quilts

So I brain-stormed with Hubs and came up with a fun block that makes me smile.  My Monkey Business block has a bit of applique along with piecing and includes a couple of partial seams.  No worries though – partial seams are not hard!  I have demonstrated partial seams in the last 2 blocks for the For the Brave/With Glowing Hearts Quilt-along event – you can watch the YouTube videos for Month 5 and Month 6 to see how I transform partial seams into “im-partial” seams – haha.  Download the Monkey Business pattern here.

My Monkey Business block for August '22 Quilt Block Mania's Jungle theme

My Monkey Business block for August ’22 Quilt Block Mania’s Jungle theme

It would make a terrific cushion for a young child and reminds me of the Curious George story books from when I was a kid.  Hands up if you read them too!

Speaking of Jungle-themed quilting stuff, I hear tell there are a handful of spots that have opened up on next February’s Hawaiian cruise with World of Quilts Travel.  Organizer Deb Roberts was able to secure additional sewing machines so there are a dozen extra spaces now available if you’d like to join us.  You can find the details here.

Until next time,


Hawaiian Vibes – Music to my Ears

5 Jul

Fellow Quilters,

Long time no talk 😊.  I took a bit of a break from my blog, as Hubby and I took a much-needed vacay.  We were without internet for a few weeks, making it challenging to participate in the monthly Quilt Block Mania event that I so enjoy (and I hope you do too!).  In fact, my May post that I pre-scheduled to go live apparently didn’t – yikes!! Quilt Block Mania Music banner At that point I abandoned any thought of participating in the June event and skipped straight to July – that’s today!

The theme for July’s QBM is music.  So many options!  Once upon a time I played a couple of musical instruments – clarinet and baritone (like a small tuba, and totally unlike a clarinet!) – and I like to sing, albeit in the shower.   I always have the radio on in my sewing room tuned to my favorite country music station.  I prefer the radio to a tv – it’s less distracting for me.  And I crank up the tunes in the car when I’m driving by myself.  Doesn’t everyone?!?

Hubby and I did a Hawaiian cruise pre-Covid and were entertained each afternoon by a trio of Hawaiian singers/dancers who played ukuleles and hula danced.  They also gave ukulele and hula lessons.  Many of the cruisers even brought their own ukuleles for these lessons.  I am returning to Hawaii next February with World of Quilts Travel for a sold-out quilting cruise – I wonder if we’ll be serenaded by Polynesian musicians.  If I had a ukulele, I would like it to look like my Hawaiian Vibes for July’s QBM:

My Hawaiian Vibes block for July Quilt Block Mania

My Hawaiian Vibes block for July Quilt Block Mania

I chose some oh-so-tropical prints from the Aqua Coral colorway of Linda Hahn’s Island Vibes 2 collection for Banyan Batiks – perfect!  I tested my Hawaiian Vibes block with some similar batiks from my stash and some Razzle Dazzle sparkly gold thread from Superior Threads.  It is too heavy to go through the needle of a sewing machine (believe me, I’ve tried) so I couched it onto the block by zigzagging over the thread with clear Mono-poly, also be Superior Threads.

I couched the heavy Razzle Dazzle thread onto my block

I couched the heavy Razzle Dazzle thread onto my block

Instant guitar strings!  You can get the Hawaiian Vibes pattern here.  I like that this block looks like a ukulele or guitar even though we see only a portion of the instrument.  The power of suggestion.stylized shot

You can check out the 13 other participating designers’ blocks and patterns for July’s QBM at these links:

Headphones Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
iPod by Inflorescence
Happy birthday at Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Player Piano by Scrapdash
I Love Rock’n’Roll by Appliques Quilts and More
Record Player by QuiltFabrication
In Treble at Sugar Sand Quilt Company
Bel Canto by Inquiring Quilter
Rock ‘N’ Roll Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Hawaiian Vibes by Patti’s Patchwork
Vintage Radio by Tamarinis
Quarter Note Block by Oh Kaye Quilting
Music Note by Powered By Quilting
Xylophone by Blue Bear Quilts

How about you?  Are you musically inclined?  Do you play an instrument, or sing in a choir/band?  Or do you prefer to enjoy the music of others?  What’s your favorite genre?  Best concert or performance you’ve seen?  Tell me your musical story.  Leave a comment below by July 12 for a chance to win a pack of Linda’s Island Vibes 2 fabrics – yum!



Where oh where has my internet gone?

3 May

Fellow Quilters,

Good Tuesday morning! Just a quick update on my post for Quilt Block Mania – it is stuck in my laptop so hoping I can post later today or once I have internet access .

How Do You Feel About Spiders?

3 May

Fellow Quilters,

Greetings from Guatemala, the land of heat, humidity and crawling creatures.  Hubby and I are on a wee vacation and I’m hoping my internet connection is now strong enough to allow me to post this – my apologies if you popped in earlier and read my jfkldjafk;h;af.

It is the first Tuesday of the month and that means another round of Quilt Block Mania.  I must admit that I was somewhat apprehensive about the theme for this month – bugs – since I am not a fan of bugs of any kind.  However, the color palette chosen by organizer Carolina of Always Expect Moore drew me in: lovely iridescent teals, greens and deep navy.  The trick for this piecing gal was trying to create a block that was not applique based.  My modern side stepped in and created a mostly-pieced block with a hint of applique – I hope you like it!  Here is my Arachnid block (you can find the pattern here).

Arachnid block by Patti’s Patchwork

Truth be told, I have arachnophobia.  Yup!  It is hard to believe that, when I was a kid, I frequented a hedge at the front of our house to capture spiders in a baby food jar.  I would collect several spiders during each session.  Where oh where did that girl go and where did my arachnophobia come from?!?  When I think of this block, I prefer to think of the Jim Stafford song that goes something like “I don’t like spiders and snakes but that’s not what it takes to love you, oooh whooo”.  Hands up if you know it!

This block looks somewhat spider-ish on its own and is quite easy to piece – simply slash the background and insert the “legs” strips before adding the appliqued circle.  But look what happens when we combine several blocks, and how the layout can affect the impact of the block.  In this first example I used a typical on-point layout that has ¼-square triangles in the corners.  The geometric effect isn’t quite what I had in mind for this block/quilt – I don’t really like what is happening at the edges.

Arachnid blocks on-point in a typical 3×4 layout

But look what happens when I use the not-so-common on-point layout that has two ½-square triangles in each corner.  Can you see the block?  The effect is mesmerizing!  Symmetry at its finest!!

Same block on-point with the alternate 3×4 layout – much better!

Of course, you can also combine it with any of the other insect-themed blocks from the other participating QBM designers – there are a few new ones this month so please click on the links below to check them out.

Ladybug Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
Snail by Appliques Quilts and More
Dragonfly by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Aragog by Inquiring Quilter
Bugs in a Jar Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Christmas Beetle by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Bug Jar Quilt Block
Butterfly by Penny Spool Quilts
Beetle Bug by Perkins Dry Goods
Caterpillar by QuiltFabrication
Jewel Beetle by Sugar Sand Quilt Company
Bumblebee Block by BoBerry Design Co.
Arachnid at Patti’s Patchwork
Butterfly Wreath by Jessica of Blue Sky Modern Craft
Marvelous Moth by Blue Bear Quilts

I’ve had my nose to the grindstone the past 2 months finalizing several new patterns using some of Northcott’s new releases.  Since country is near and dear to my heart (I have a dozen pair of western boots and counting – see note below about Pigeon Forge), I jumped at the chance to design with Howdy Christmas and did this down-home design called Hometown Holidays (you can find it here).

I also did a simple but very effective design taking full advantage of the selvage-to-selvage ombre print in Bliss – this one is called Stratify and includes 2 size options (find it here).

And my most popular release ever is Take Flight, using Northcott’s drop-dead-gorgeous Soar collection.  This pattern includes 3 size options (find it here), of which the throw size is available shortly from Keepsake Quilting or your local quilt shop.

Shortly after my vacay ends, I will be heading to Pigeon Forge TN for this year’s A Mountain Quiltfest June 6-9, where I will be teaching 4 classes alongside the inimitable Bonnie Hunter, Linda Hahn, Jocelyn de Jonge and more.  I hear tell there is still space in my Hexie Crush class and my Panel Pizzazz class.  I am thrilled to be back in TN for this fantastic event after 2 years of travel restrictions.  The selection of classes, vendor mall and amazing display of quilts make this a go-to event.  I highly recommend it!

Finally, this month is my birthday, and I will be celebrating by offering a newsworthy subscriber-only special for my newsletter peeps.  If you’re not yet a subscriber to my newsletter you can find the link at the bottom of the main page here.

Thanks for reading and for your patience this month, and we’ll chat again soon 😊



Not your Grandma’s Cup of Tea

5 Apr Time for tea and chocolate with a friend using the good stuff

Fellow Quilters,

How have you been?  The last time we chatted, it will still winter.  For the past few weeks I’ve been buried in an avalanche of paperwork and video editing for looming deadlines but there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m excited to be travelling to A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge TN June 6-9 to teach 4 classes, two of which are already sold out – woohoo!  If you’d like to take my Panel Pizzazz (#44) or Hexie Crush (#21) class don’t delay – they’re selling fast.

Mountain Quiltfest classes available June 7th and 9th

Mountain Quiltfest classes available June 7th and 9th

I did a Quilt-along with my Hexie Crush pattern a year ago, and I’m thrilled to be sharing all my tips for this lovely quilt with the MQF posse.  In the Panel Pizzazz class, we’ll talk fabulous flying geese and incorporating panels in our quilts.  There are so many great panels available, and I can’t wait to see what the students bring to class.

Speaking of panels, my Hometown Holidays pattern is hot off the press.  Featuring Northcott’s Howdy Christmas, it includes 3 size options and would work equally well with just about any standard 24” x 42” panel.

Hometown & Stratify

Two new patterns

And Stratify is a quick contemporary quilt that showcases a selvage-to-selvage ombre.  I used the gorgeous new Bliss Ombre and love how it looks in both the lap size and the queen-size.

QBM April 22Now that I’ve resurfaced, I see that the sun is shining, the tulips are popping up and the birds are twitterpated as Bambi would say.  Spring is here!!  Soon we’ll see the pale pastel colors of young buds and soft Spring grass – the colors that remind me of Easter.  So pretty!

Those same lovely delicate shades are also in this month’s Quilt Block Mania organized by Carolina at Always Expect Moore, and the theme is “Tea”.  The 16 participating designers went all out creating assorted cakes, baked goodies, stacks of cups and the like.  Here is a complete list of the designers’ blocks and links to their blog posts today:

Tea Time Mug by Carolina Moore
Afternoon Tea by Inquiring Quilter
Not Your Grandma’s Cup of Tea
Stacked Tea Cups by Appliques Quilts and More
Tea Time by Manon Hunt
Muffin Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Teapot by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
T is for Temperance by Scrapdash
You Can Brew It
French Macaron by Penny Spool Quilts
Tea Party at Perkins Dry Goods
Teatime Cakes by QuiltFabrication
Broken Sugar Bowl by Becca Fenstermaker
Cake Anyone? by Kaye Collins
Tea Time by Patchwork Breeze
3-Tiered Serving Tray by Nancy Scott of Masterpiece Quilting

Being a tea drinker, I went straight to the good stuff – tea leaves.  I like mine good and strong.  By the time my morning cuppa has steeped, it rivals most cups of coffee for caffeine levels.

So, the traditional Tea Leaf block is quite old, and has some unusual angles in it, resulting in bias edges on the block – no so quilter-friendly.

The original tea leaf block and my re-imagined block

The original tea leaf block and my re-imagined block

Examining the block, I re-imagined it without bias edges – much better for flat quilts.  I present to you my “Not Your Grandma’s Cup of Tea”.   You can find the pattern here.

Patti Carey - Not Your Grandma's Cup of Tea

Not Your Grandma’s Cup of Tea by Patti’s Patchwork

I’d like to share a couple of tips for cutting the pieces with the templates.  Tip #1:  Fold your fabric wrong sides together to cut mirror-image pairs of pieces using the asymmetrical T2 and T3 templates for the outside “leaves”.  It’s much faster than cutting single layer pieces and wondering if you have the correct number of each piece.

Tape the template to the underside of a ruler, aligning it with the ruler edges, then cut along edge of ruler

Tape the template to the underside of a ruler, aligning it with the ruler edges, then cut along edge of ruler

Tip #2:  Tape the paper template to the underside of a ruler to cut the pieces of T1, T2 and T3.  You won’t inadvertently trim your template each time you cut, and it’s faster.  Many of us have these assorted triangle rulers, and this is an excellent opportunity to get double duty from them.  Who doesn’t like a tool that does more than one thing?

runner without corners

Make a 38″ x 13″ runner with 3 on-point blocks and 4 quarter-blocks

This block would make a lovely table runner, perfect for afternoon tea – so pretty!  Just 3 blocks and 4 quarter-blocks and you’re done.  You could start it this morning and have it done by Tea Time.

Time for tea and chocolate with a friend using the good stuff

Time for tea and chocolate with a friend using the good stuff

For my photo, I pulled out my good china and silverware.  I quite like it but seldom use it, but I think that’s about to change.  You see, I lost a dear friend last week, taken much too soon.  I am reminded that life is unpredictable.  Laundry and cleaning will always be there.  Friends – not so much.  So let’s make a promise to use the good dishes, eat the chocolate, buy the fabric, and have tea (or wine) with our friends.



Spring Migration

8 Mar Me and my gal pals at the ski hill

Fellow Quilters,

Me and my gal pals at the ski hill

Me and my gal pals at the ski hill

Last Friday I got together with my gal pals for a fabulous day of skiing, skating and snowshoeing.  It is still very much winter where I live, with enough snow on the ground to (hopefully) snowboard for another 5 weeks.  We’ve had 3 days of 6-10” of fresh powder in the last 15, with more snow coming this week.  Despite that, I can see that Spring is just around the corner – the days are longer and sunnier.Bird Quilt Blocks - Quilt Block Mania  What’s more, the birds are chirping in the trees as I ride up the chair lift.  What an uplifting sound!  I’ve even spotted some robins in the bush on our hikes up the hill – nothing says Spring like the sight of a robin.

Speaking of birds, that’s the theme for this month’s Quilt Block Mania, in a rainbow of bright “toucan” colors.  Like several other blogger participants, I immediately thought of flying geese, probably the most well-known bird block in quilting.  I chose the graphite color for the background since birds start their morning song while it’s still dark.  I combined large as small flying geese since Springtime brings a new batch of young’uns.  And I arranged them in rows, depicting the annual Spring migration.  Here is my Migration block.

My Migration block for QBM March '22

My Migration block for QBM March ’22

The block looks quite ordinary on its own but look what happens when you combine lots of them in a quilt – fun!

Combine 16 Migration blocks for a cool lap quilt

Combine 16 Migration blocks for a cool lap quilt

You can download the free pattern here.  And you can find the links to the other 15 designer’s blocks here:

Birds on a Wire by Carolina Moore
Signs of Spring by Inquiring Quilter
Cute Bird by Powered By Quilting
Flamboyance by Becca Fenstermaker
Migration by Patti’s Patchwork
Peacock Quilt Block by Appliques Quilts and More
Blue Bird by by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Chubby Chicken Block by Kaye Collins
Hummingbird Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Flying in Formation by QuiltFabrication
Birds Circling by Nancy Myers
Lorikeets by Sue Griffiths
Fly Away Home by Scrapdash
Puffin Head by Penny Spool Quilts
Birds in the Air by Perkins Dry Goods
There is always one
Budgie on a Branch by Blue Bear Quilts

Last Fall while in Dolphin World in Dominican Republic Hubby snapped this photo of me feeding some colorful parakeets – their claws are sharp on the scalp!

Feeding parakeets in Dominican Republic

Feeding parakeets in Dominican Republic

Speaking of fun, it’s also the first month of the

Two special Quilt-alongs supporting Quilts of Valor

Two special Quilt-alongs supporting Quilts of Valor

For the Brave Quilt-along and With Glowing Hearts Quilt-along – it’s not too late to sign up!  I’ve partnered with Northcott for this fabulous event that runs monthly until December, is free to join and has some terrific prizes.  In my dedicated QAL newsletter I’ll be sharing extra tips to help you piece each of the unique pieced blocks and easily assemble this stunning quilt.  Find all the details here, sign up for the For the Brave QAL newsletter here or the With Glowing Hearts QAL newsletter here.  Wont’ you join me for this special QAL event?

Also check out last week’s post here to see lots of other fun creative things that I’ve been working on lately.  You just might find a new favorite!



Out from Behind the Scenes

3 Mar

Fellow Quilters,

Happy March!  Typically, my first-of-the-month blog post is for my participation in the fun Quilt Block Mania event, however it has been postponed for a week due to scheduling issues.  So instead, I’ll chat about some other stuff going on at Patti’s Patchwork that has been tucked behind the scenes for a while.

Back in July 2021 I answered the call for submissions for Quiltmakers magazine and my design was accepted for the March/April issue, on newsstands now or available online here.

I'm featured in Quiltmaker March/April '22

I’m featured in Quiltmaker March/April ’22

My unique design features hexagonal log cabin blocks in a lap quilt made with FIGO’s stunning Honey Blooms collection.  I used my Electric Quilt program to design the quilt and create the diagrams.  I had to delve into EQ a little deeper than usual to figure out how to draw this block as I envisioned piecing it.  What a sense of accomplishment when I succeeded!  I am always learning something new with this quilt design software program and also always impressed that it has the capability to make my visions a reality.

Honey I'm Home

Honey I’m Home made with FIGO’s Honey Bloom collection

I just love how this quilt turned out!  Because it features log cabins that look like honeycomb, made with Honey Blooms fabrics, I called it Honey I’m Home – haha.

Last Fall I mentioned my upcoming Color Play fabric collection for Northcott and showed a couple of sneak peek images.  The collection (which I designed with the help of EQ) is a learn-to-free-motion-machine-quilt tool that also doubles as a fabulous colorful collection for easier-than-it-looks dynamic quilts.  Here’s the collection.

Color Play is a learn-to-machine-quilt fabric collection available in August

Color Play is a learn-to-machine-quilt fabric collection available in August

Quilt shops can purchase it now for August shipping, so please head into your local shop and ask them to order it.  I designed 3 patterns for it, including a learn-to-quilt sampler that has 3 design options using the pre-printed blocks – no block piecing required!  Simply cut squares of the block fabric and quilt ‘til you wilt 😊.

Color Play patterns available late Summer

Color Play patterns available late Summer

The patterns will be available late Summer.  I’ll be doing a series of how-to tutorials on YouTube using these blocks (did you know that I have a YouTube channel?), and probably be doing a quilt-along with them later in the Fall.  Stay tuned for further details.

Speaking of quilt-alongs, the For the Brave QAL and With Glowing Hearts QAL launched yesterday – woop, woop!  I’ve partnered with Northcott for this monthly event that runs until December.

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Two special Quilt-alongs supporting Quilts of Valor

The how-to videos will be on my YouTube channel and the special QAL monthly newsletter contains extra tips and details for better piecing (sign up for the newsletter here). Northcott has rounded up some really terrific monthly prizes for those participants who post pics of their blocks on Instagram with #ForTheBrave2022 or #WithGlowingHearts2022.  You can find the detail on Northcott’s website on the Resources tab.

And if that’s not enough, I have 3 new patterns!

PC282 Woodlot pattern includes king-size

PC282 Woodlot pattern includes king-size

PC282 Woodlot is the updated version of Woodland/Oh Christmas Tree and now includes 4 sizes from wall to king.  It uses packs of 2½” strips.  You can find it here.

PC283 Stone Strip Sampler also uses a strip pack and is a great pattern for a block-of-the-month or quilt-along program.

PC283 Stone Strip Sampler front cover

PC283 Stone Strip Sampler also uses a strip pack

There are 10 months of blocks, and the pattern includes 3 quilt size options to make with your finished blocks.  You can find it here.

PC281 Misted Pines is an updated version of my iconic Winter Solstice, this time featuring the Stonehenge Gradations textures in 3 quilt size options including king-size.

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PC281 Misted Pines in taupe, Robins egg/Blue planet and Mystic colorways

I am in love with the Mystic colorway!  And I am thrilled with the Robins egg/Blue planet colorway too – it reminds me of the Great Smoky Mountains and Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge TN where I’ll be teaching in June.  You can find the pattern here.

So, I have an extra copy of the magazine containing Honey I’m Home to give away, courtesy of Quiltmaker.  For a chance to win it, please leave a comment below by midnight March 10 telling me which of the 3 Misty Pines colorways is your favorite.

Chat soon,


Wedding Season at Quilt Block Mania

1 Feb Tying the Knot lap quilt is 47" x 59"

QBM Feb 22Fellow Quilters,

Welcome to February and this month’s Quilt Block Mania blog tour.  In my area February brings longer sunnier days (January is quite overcast with lots of snow – especially this year!) and the promise of Spring.  And Spring brings the beginning of wedding season, the theme for this month’s Quilt Block Mania organized by Carolina at

The palette for this month’s blocks is soft and delicate – vanilla, blush pink, and misty aqua in various shades.  I found the perfect match of colors in Northcott’s Toscana suede-texture blenders. (PS.  There might be a Toscana giveaway at the end of this post.)

Classic weddings can be formal affairs, with the groom and his entourage wearing tuxedos and bowties, so my block has some of those bowties, and a simple appliqued heart – for the romance of the day of course!  Here is Tying the Knot.

Patti Carey - Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot by Patti’s Patchwork

These bowties are 3-dimensional – the knot is floating!  This adds nice texture to the block and is surprisingly easy to do.  In my instructions I used a different fabric for the bowtie so that you would be able to see the contrast of the front and back of the bowtie fabric.  The pictures are from my Wall Street Wardrobe pattern which you can find here.  You can find the Tying the Knot instructions


Fifteen other designers are also sharing their blocks with you – you can find them here:

Wedding Dress Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
With This Ring by Inquiring Quilter
Wedding cake by Powered By Quilting
Loopy Hearts by Becca Fenstermaker
Tying the Knot by Patti’s Patchwork
Car with Wedding Couple by Appliques Quilts and More
True Lover’s Knot by Mom and Me Quilting Co.
Vintage Hankie Dress Quilt Block by Kaye Collins
Wedding Invitation Quilt Block by Julia of Inflorescence
Wedding Chapel by QuiltFabrication
Lucky horseshoe charm by Sue Griffiths
Apple Blossom Quilt Block by Scrapdash
Solitaire by Penny Spool Quilts
Something New by Perkins Dry Goods
Courthouse steps by Sew Joy Creations
Hearts Aflutter by Blue Bear Quilts

Just for fun I mocked up a nice-sized lap quilt with Tying the Knot.  This is 47” x 59” – I think it would make a lovely signature quilt for a wedding.

Tying the Knot lap quilt 47x59

Tying the Knot lap quilt is 47″ x 59″

Have you ever made a quilt for a wedding gift?  I have done 2 wedding-themed patterns:  Circle of Love is a classic double wedding ring, and White Lace and Promises is based on a block called English Wedding.  I have made 3 quilts as wedding gifts and I have 2 waiting to be made.  Leave a comment below telling me about your wedding quilt story for a chance to win a 2yd packet of Toscana.  Please comment by midnight February 7.

I have been working behind the scenes on an exciting feel-good project that I can now share with you.  The For the Brave and With Glowing Hearts Quilt-alongs are starting in 4 short weeks.

IG postIG post imageSign-ups are now open for this 10-month Block-of-the-month Quilt-along.  I’ll be sending out a preliminary newsletter with details in the next week or two – sign up now so you don’t miss out.  The quilt-along is free and chock-a-block full of great tips as we make this special quilt.  Simply purchase the pattern at your local quilt shop (you can find the fabrics there as well) or from Patti’s Patchwork.  You can find all the details here.  I’d love to have you quilt-along with me 😊



Please join me in a celebration

27 Jan

Fellow Quilters,

This is a special year, marking a couple of noteworthy anniversaries.

QOV founder Catherine Roberts with Chaplain John Kallerson

QOV founder Catherine Roberts with Chaplain John Kallerson

Twenty years ago, Catherine Roberts founded Quilts of Valor after a vivid dream moved her to present a quilt to a wounded soldier.  The seed was planted, and by 2012 more than 50,000 quilts had been awarded to veterans and service members.

That year, Northcott was moved to help this growing and honorable organization.  Using the popular Stonehenge brand, Northcott’s Design Director Deborah Edwards and Stonehenge creator Linda Ludovico collaborated to design the first collection supporting QOV – Stars & Stripes aids QOV in the United States, and Oh Canada supports Quilts of Valour Canada.  It quickly became a quilter favorite and has been used in a large percentage of QOV quilts ever since.

Each and every year a new Quilts of Valo(u)r collection is designed that complements the previous ones. These collections are inspired by the noble work of Quilts of Valo(u)r and honor our great country while recognizing our brave service personnel for their sacrifice.  Deborah says the collections have continued to evolve but have always maintained their roots, with patriotic designs in the Stonehenge tradition.

Fast forward to 2022.  Currently more than 313,000 quilts have been awarded in the US and Canada. To recognize the 20th anniversary of QOV and the 10th anniversary of the Stonehenge Quilts of Valo(u)r collections, Deborah and Linda have designed a special 10th anniversary QOV collection.

The Stonehenge Stars & Stripes 10th Anniversary (top) and Oh Canada 10th Anniversary (bottom) collections

The Stonehenge Stars & Stripes 10th Anniversary (top) and Oh Canada 10th Anniversary (bottom) collections

In addition, Northcott has planned a year-long celebration with a variety of fun events, and you are invited and encouraged to participate in as many of them as you wish.  There are 2 sets of events – the US events use Stars & Stripes and the Canadian events use Oh Canada.  Each set includes a Celebrate 4th of July/Canada Day event, a Wear Your Patriotic Pride event and a 10-month quilt-along.  Let me tell you a bit more about the stunning quilt for this event.

I was thrilled and honored when Northcott approached me to design a special block-of-the-month style quilt to be used for the quilt-along portion of the year-long celebration.  You see, I have always enjoyed working with these fabrics to design QOV quilts.  Not only do the various fabrics play well together, but they speak to my heart.  Over the past 10 years I have had the good fortune to witness just how impactful these QOV quilts are to the recipients.  I am humbled and deeply moved by their gratitude.  I simply cannot make it through a presentation without a box of Kleenex tissues.

With that in mind, I set about designing a multi-block quilt that incorporated the fantastic 10th anniversary collection, including the 2 panels, AND was QOV-sized – yes, you can participate and then donate your finished quilt to Quilts of Valo(u)r. A win-win!

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Label panels 24″ x 43″

In this quilt design I wanted to showcase the preprinted block/label panel that Deborah designed.  Not only can these blocks be used as quilt labels, when used on the quilt front, they are also a place for embroidered or inked sentiments.  I placed them in 4-patch blocks, alternating them with cream background and added simple appliqued hearts to reflect our heartfelt thanks.  If desired, the hearts can be replaced with additional sentiments or lovely quilting motifs.

For the Brave is 66 1/2" x 80 1/2"

For the Brave is 66 1/2″ x 80 1/2″

The 6 different pieced blocks were chosen to showcase the various fabrics and to complement the 4-patch blocks and each other.  Sashing was added to eliminate bulky seams where blocks meet.  The cornerstones at the sashing intersections make assembling the quilt easier and extending them into the border provides continuity and balance.

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With Glowing Hearts is 66 1/2″ x 80 1/2″

It was important to me that the quilt design incorporates an option to showcase the large panel from the collection.  This was accomplished by replacing one set of pieced blocks in the quilt center with the panel.  Do you like lots of piecing?  Go with the all-blocks version.  Just a taste of piecing?  Opt for the panel version.  Either option – the central panel version or the all-blocks version – is a fitting tribute to those who have served our nation and defended our freedom.

When is the quilt-along, how much does it cost and how do you participate?  I’m glad you asked!

1)  The quilt-along runs from March through December 2022.  It is a monthly event – the block video and newsletter for each month will be posted the first of the month starting March 1st.

2)  There is no cost for the QAL (sign-up is free) however you will require a copy of the pattern to follow along.  You can purchase it from your local quilt shop (preferred) or my website.  Contact your local quilt shop to purchase a kit containing the fabric and pattern – choose the panel option or the all-blocks option (or both!).  The pattern has instructions for both options.  Many shops already have their kits ready and waiting for you.  Here’s the list of participating US shops and Canadian shops.

3)  Sign up for Northcott’s For the Brave newsletter or With Glowing Hearts newsletter to receive the monthly (starting in March) newsletter with information and links to the quilt along video, creative contest, monthly giveaways and more. Those who sign up now will receive a welcome email with Frequently Asked Questions. Participants can subscribe and unsubscribe at any time.

4)  Sign up for my For the Brave QAL newsletter or With Glowing Hearts newsletter for my monthly posts.  You really want to do this – just ask the participants of my last 2 QAL’s.  In my posts I share extra tips and tricks to help you successfully make each month’s block.  While the monthly how-to videos are a fantastic visual on how to construct each block (you’ll be able to watch these on my YouTube channel, and Northcott will also be sharing them), there are some details that require more information – close-up photos, detailed descriptions, etc. – that are too hard to show in a video.

5)  Want to win some great prizes?  Complete each month’s block made with the Stonehenge QOV fabrics and post a photo by the last Thursday of the month on Instagram with #ForTheBrave2022 or #WithGlowingHearts2022 to be in the running for one of two $150 prizes each month.  Yowza!!  That’s a nice prize!  But wait!  There’s more!!  There will be 3 grand prize winners at the end of the QAL in January 2023.  Prizes have been generously supplied by Janome, Accuquilt, Olfa, Aurifil, Quilter’s Dream batting, Love of Quilting magazine and Northcott. Thank you sponsors 😊

Here’s a quick recap:

US participants:  Sign up for my For the Brave QAL newsletter here

Sign up for Northcott’s For the Brave newsletter here

Purchase your fabrics and pattern from a participating shop here

Visit Northcott’s website here for details on all the For the Brave events

Have questions?  Find answers here

Canadian participants:  Sign up for my With Glowing Hearts QAL newsletter here

Sign up for Northcott’s With Glowing Hearts newsletter here

Purchase your fabrics and pattern from a participating shop here

Visit Northcott’s website here for details on all the With Glowing Hearts events

Have questions?  Find answers here

Please help me support QOV and honor our service personnel by participating in this worthwhile and creative event.  Together we’ll blanket them in love and comfort 😊

Let’s quilt-along together,


Pet Projects

4 Jan My wintery backyard view today

My wintery backyard view today

My wintery backyard view today

Fellow Quilters,

Happy New Year!  After a bit of family time over the holidays I am chomping at the bit to get back into sewing/quilting mode, and I hope you are too 😊.  After a fresh snowfall last night, today is pretty-as-a-picture but cold – a perfect reason to hunker down in my sewing space with a cuppa and a new block to make.

QBM PetIt is also Quilt Block Mania day – yay!  That means a new batch of free quilt block patterns, including one by yours truly.  If you’re popping in from another blogger’s site, you can subscribe at the link on the right.

The theme this month is pets, and chances are that if you don’t have one, you know someone who does.  #1 Son has a cat that just had a litter of 4 kittens (so cute!!), and #2 Son has an adorable dog.  There are so many options for pets, and this month’s color palette inspired me to design a block featuring rabbits.  You can get my Bunny Buddies pattern here.

You could easily turn the rabbits into other animals by changing the shape of their ears.  Here’s a nice throw-size comfy quilt perfect for your favorite pet-lover.

Make 12 blocks for an easy 53" x 67" throw - bunnies everywhere!!

Make 12 blocks for an easy 53″ x 67″ throw – bunnies everywhere!!

You could even make a pet sampler quilt using blocks from the other participating designers this month.  Find the links to their blocks here:

Chicken Quilt Block by Carolina Moore
First Snow by Inquiring Quilter
Clown Fish by Powered By Quilting
Bunny Buddies at Patti’s Patchwork
Cute Turtle by Appliques Quilts and More
Doghouse Quilt Block by Kaye Collins
Scottie Dog
Dog Bone by QuiltFabrication
Bird Feeder by Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Birdie Block by Blue Bear Quilts
Fishies at Perkins Dry Goods
Parlor Panther Queen at Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
Perky Pig by Masterpiece Quilting

If you’re on Facebook, there’s a Facebook group for Quilt Block Mania – a great place where you can share pics of your blocks and projects made with the monthly patterns.

Speaking of samplers, it’s not too late to join my Cottage Sampler quilt-along.

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti's Patchwork

Sign up for the quilt-along at Patti’s Patchwork

We officially started last week but the sewing doesn’t begin until this week.  It runs until March 16, by which time you’ll have a drop-dead gorgeous quilt top ready to be quilted.  You can sign up here and get your pattern here.  I’ve been testing out some video recording to include in my weekly quilt-along newsletters that are chock-full of how-to-tips.  Bonus: there are weekly prizes 😊

Quilt Bee at Sea February 2-20, 2022

Quilt Bee at Sea Jan 30 – Feb 18, 2023

The much-anticipated Quilt Bee at Sea Hawaiian cruise that I’m teaching on, scheduled for next month, has been postponed for a year due to Covid-related issues ☹.  The good news, however, is that sign-ups for it have re-opened 😊.  If cruising to this tropical paradise next February 2023 while quilting-’til-you-wilt on sea days sounds like something you’d love to do, find out more here.   It will be SO. MUCH. FUN.

Last but definitely not least, I have a project in the January/February 2022 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine – woohoo!!

With Heartfelt Thanks featured in the Jan/Feb Love of Quilting magazine

With Heartfelt Thanks featured in the Jan/Feb Love of Quilting magazine

I am always honored to have a quilt featured in a magazine, and it is an extra-special honor when that quilt is selected as a Quilts of Valor project paying tribute to our valued veterans.  This quilt was made with Northcott’s Stonehenge Stars & Stripes, supporting QOV, and is easy enough for anyone who wants to show their gratitude.   You could say that Quilts of Valor quilts are a pet project of mine!

Love of Quilting January/February 2022

Love of Quilting January/February 2022

Fons & Porter has given me a copy of this issue to give away.  For a chance to win it, please leave a comment below telling me about your favorite or current pet project.  Deadline:  midnight January 11, 2022.  I can’t wait to read your comments!

Until next time,